I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to write this post and update you all on how GOD has opened doors and is moving in such an exciting way in our life in the past few months. As many of you know, GOD has made it clear that for now Juan Manuel is to be serving in the business world and we were blessed with a job for him. He is being challenged and pushed in this very dynamic position but also finding a lot of enjoyment in what he does and we remain thankful!
After a retreat time with the Lord at the beginning of the year in seeking GOD’s will, I pursued what GOD had laid on my heart. It has not been easy because though in some ways it seemed clear GOD had opened the door for me to continue serving in missions I feel very much like Gideon as being “the least in my father’s house” and just difficulty in accepting this position of what I consider to be a huge privilege! But…as He always does…GOD has answered and shown himself big to give the confirmation we are on His path. So here is a little of what I’ve been up to:
At For His Children or Hogar Para Sus Ninos (an orphanage in Quito), GOD has opened the door for me to serve in at least two specific ways:
1. Once a week we have a time for the orphans, ages 3 to 9 years, to learn about Jesus! Last week we told the story of Jesus walking on water, what it means to have faith and how Jesus is better than a Superhero (cue a song with motions and all : ) via puppets. It has not been easy as it has been nearly 20 years since I have been involved in Children’s Church ministry – not to mention in another language. I am constantly in search of material to engage them, address their unique wounds, stay true to GOD’s word (and have some fun!) Though with the translation and many other factors it is a new world for me it is very much in line with my passion to spread the good news about Jesus to these precious kids…so GOD is teaching me so much flexibility and to completely rely on Him to give me the ability, creativity, wisdom, etc…I will hope to have pictures soon but am pretty limited for confidentiality reasons so in the mean time you can see a picture of our little puppet booth. Our prayer is that no matter how long these little ones are in the orphanage they will invite Jesus in their hearts and follow Him no matter who or what they are around. (“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11″)